U.S. Ambassadors Worldwide Are Summoned to D.C. Forum Despite Shutdown

WASHINGTON — The State Department plans to fly all of its ambassadors in addition to also some other top diplomatic envoys by around the planet into Washington next week for a two-day conference, even if the continuing partial government shutdown continues.

Most State Department employees have been furloughed or are working without pay since the shutdown began on Dec. 22. although the department will pay for travel expenses in addition to also some other costs related to the forum, called the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference.

The conference will be scheduled to take place on Jan. 16 in addition to also 17, in addition to also embassy leaders by around the planet are required to be absent for about one week by the countries in which they work. The conference was first held in 2011, when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, in addition to also has been held twice since.

Asked for comment on Friday, the State Department issued a statement in which said officials had decided to continue with the conference because “the idea will be essential to the conduct of foreign affairs essential to national security.”